As I looked at the prompt of “furry friends” today, I first thought of a dog, as I’m very much a dog lover. They are definitely a wonderful friend to have! How I ended up with a chihuahua holding a paint brush in its mouth is anyone’s guess, really. As we head into the second half of this phenomenal month, I’m enjoying having a bit of fun by painting things I normally wouldn’t think to try. And I’m thrilled and excited to be painting with so many friends across the globe for World Watercolor Month! You inspire me daily with the beautiful work you are posting every minute and are making me want to try new things. Together, we are definitely showing the world that watercolor is an amazing medium. Keep on painting what you love and having a blast in the process! Don’t worry if you don’t manage to paint each day, just keep right on painting and tagging your watercolors with #WorldWatercolorMonth to join our big little global celebration!
I’ve never owned a chihuahua, but think they’re rather cute. I’ve already painted nearly all of the dogs I’ve had in real life. From my very first companion, to the first dog I had as an adult, to my current little bitchy basenji. I say that last bit with all the fondness in the world as I rather appreciate his strong personality. It’s really entertaining. Each of these dogs is so different and yet they all share that uncanny ability to break my heart. They don’t stay around forever, so I cherish each little moment, and think about them long after they’re gone. Each time one passes, I tell myself I won’t go through that again and then end up with another. The truth is, something doesn’t have to last forever in order to be important. Sometimes, even the briefest of moments can become that thing you hold dear for years to come. Thankfully, our memories tend to prefer the good times and those become the stories we remember most. The ones that make us smile, even if it’s through tears. It’s what makes our own short time on this little green planet so beautiful.
And thanks for joining in one of the most beautiful months of the year! By the way, this little dog is holding a Princeton Velvetouch™ brush, so at least we know he has good taste. The soft feel of these brushes is really amazing! Princeton was on my mind today as they just launched a cool new World Watercolor Month giveaway for people who use their brushes which you can read more about by clicking here! And there are four additional giveaways running at this very moment from our awesome sponsors, which you can find on the official giveaways page (be sure to check the rules to determine your eligibility by location). And as if that’s not enough, I also have something wonderful to give some of you right now! Today, I have American Journey Artists’ Watercolor Nomad Sets (if you haven’t yet received one) for the first 10 people who comment on doodlewash.com with the phrase “Let’s All Paint Together!” Be sure to look for my response on these as if you get one, I’ll be asking for your address by replying to your comment. It’s an incredible month and there are still many days to go! I hope each of you are enjoying a fabulous month of watercolor that’s made even better by painting with friends!
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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!